SENSE OF WONDER
Free Regular Shipping for this item Australia Wide. For Express Services select the Express Shipping Option in the shopping cart. If you would like to pick your purchase up instore, please email us and we will respond with a pickup notification.
Morrison's songs form amap of this small island – a map of places, people, and cultures, too. They evoke a long-ago Belfast at a time before it became violently divided by sectarian conflict during the Troubles. They laud literary g iants James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, and Oscar Wilde. They tell of the immigrant experience, the going away from the land that has long been Ireland'sheartache. And they form a map of Morrison himself, revealing more than this notoriously difficult character ever would in interviews or conver sations.
A Sense of Wonder is not a biography of Van Morrison. Rather, it is a journey through the Ireland depicted in his songs – a journey that begins in Hyndford Street, where we encounter the likes of John McCormack and the McPeake family, and culminates in a unique picture of an idyllic, almost mythical Ireland where spirituality trumps organized religion, and art yields a stronger legacy than politics.
Drawing on original research and interviews with a wide range of characters – from collaborators and associates of Morrison to Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and actor Liam Neeson –this is a book about the Ireland that made Morrison, and the Ireland th at he has remade himself through a stunning, sprawling body of work thatspans almost six decades.